Earth Week 2016

Join DCEFF and our partners, as we present documentary films about our planet’s most pressing environmental challenges.

In honor of Earth Week 2016, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is co-presenting documentary features and shorts that refocus our attention on some of the planet’s biggest challenges and most pervasive environmental issues: farming for the future, freshwater and climate change.

Take a look at the nearby screenings and events that we have in store and be sure to join us for one — or more!



Showing on Earth Day, in partnership with the Howard University Office of Sustainability, exceptional short films that illustrate how farmers and communities are expanding their farming traditions and practices and preserving farmland to meet the demands for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career.




The films selected, as a part of this shorts program at Howard, were shown at the 2016 Festival as a part of the Farming for the Future and Eric Moe Sustainability Film Award programs:

Age of the Farmer: (U.S., 2015, 6 min.) As the average age of North American farmers approaches 60 years old, a new generation in the Pacific Northwest explores a future in agriculture by volunteering on organic farms. Directed by Spencer MacDonald

Farming for the Future: (U.S., 2013, 7 min.) Cliff Miller of Mount Vernon Farm in the Virginia Piedmont is trying innovative management techniques to sustain his farm for future generations. Cliff’s story is that of many farmers seeking new ways to be economically and environmentally sustainable. Directed by Aditi Desai.

50 Years of Farming: For Love & Vegetables: (U.S., 2014, 10 min.) The story of Potomac Vegetable Farms, an organic farm in Virginia. Directed by Aditi Desai. 

Walt: (U.S., 2015, 6 min.) Organic raisin farmer, Walt Shubin, has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California’s San Joaquin River to its previous glory. In the midst of drought, he argues for sustainable water use. Directed and produced by Justin Clifton.

The Culture of Collards: (U.S., 2016, 7 min.) Collard greens are more than a simple side dish. Brought to the American South with the slave trade, they hold a vital place in African-American cultural history. Now, a new generation of farmers, historians, and educators works to share this heritage, promoting healthy communities. Directed by Vanina Harel

Food for Thought, Food for Life: (U.S., 2015, 22 min.) Industrial agriculture takes a toll on both the health of our environment and the quality of our food. Food for Thought surveys problems with today’s agribusiness world, voicing new solutions offered by farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates. Directed and produced by Susan Rockefeller.

El Cacao: (Panama/U.S., 2015, 19 min.) On his farm in the rainforest of Panama’s Bocas del Toro, an indigenous cacao farmer reveals hidden inequalities in chocolate production, challenging notions of ethical sourcing, sustainability, the meaning of “Fair Trade,” and the geopolitics of luxury. (In Spanish with English subtitles.) Directed and produced by Michelle Aguilar.


Friday, April 22 at 6 pmHoward University


* FREE. No reservations required.



Showing twice on Earth Day at the National Institutes of Health:


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Project Ice views North America’s fresh water inland ocean through the prism of ice, from the crossroads of history, science and climate change. North America’s five Great Lakes contain a staggering twenty percent of all the fresh water on the planet. A timely and telling story of geology, human movement and the profound impact people have had on the environment, shot with 4K digital cameras. Read more on the film here.


Friday, April 22 at 9:30 am. Register here.

Friday, April 22 at 1:00 pm. Register here.


Following the 9:30 am screening: A panel discussion with William Kleinert, Director & Executive Producer, Dr. John Balbus, Senior Advisor for Public Health (NIH/NIEHS) and Dr. Henry Pollack, Climatologist and Geophysicist.



Showing as a part of the Washington, DC International Film Festival:




Not Without Us immerses us in the moving, personal journeys of seven grassroots activists from around the world as they prepare and head to Paris to challenge the 21st session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) that took place in Paris last December. Read more on the film here.


Friday, April 22 at 9:00 pm – E Street Cinema. Purchase tickets here.

Saturday, April 23 at 6:30 pm – E Street Cinema. Purchase tickets here


Filmfest DC’s first screening of Not Without Us coincides with Earth Day and is also the day when the Paris Agreements will be signed at the UN in New York City. Director Mark Decena is expected in person at both shows.


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